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Air France crew detained after passenger complains “not receiving her upgrade”

Part of an Air France crew flying between Paris CDG and Buenos Aires was detained for six hours by the airport police upon arrival in Argentina as the daughter of a former Deputy Minister of Justice in Argentina was “very unhappy about her treatment on board“. French cabin crew union SNPNC explains on Facebook.

The passenger was travelling on board Air France flight AF228 to Buenos Aires on 29 October 2017. Apparently, she asked for an upgrade to business class but was denied the upgrade as the business class was fully booked. In-flight the same passenger asked to change her seat again due to the “inappropriate behaviour” of her neighbour. The crew didn’t notice anything particular but complied with the passenger’s request and assigned her a new seat.

The next morning the crew was sent to a courtyard and the purser was separated from the rest of the crew and locked in a 1 m2 room without the possibility to sit nor drink and eat for several hours. Two guards were constantly watching him.

After several hours, he could finally speak to a lawyer to file a complaint about his treatment. The other crew members were heard for many hours, but the purser was interrogated only at 20:00. Next to the judge, the father of the passenger was also present to interrogate the crew members, in Spanish.

At the end of the day, everyone was released without charges and without excuses. The shocked crew was repatriated to France.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: Today at 07:44:03 AM »
Saw Alice Cooper live the other night - supporting acts sucked, but his show was really great. He's a good showman, and his band looked like they were all having fun

Chinese admiral claims J-15s have carried out “thousands of takeoffs” using EMALS
Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, director of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s expert consultation committee, told CCTV recently that the country’s J-15s have made “thousands of takeoffs” using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).
Yin said China was able to develop the device because its engineers have designed a state-of-the-art ship-based power system. The country has outperformed the US in the development of such systems, which are considered by military experts as a game-changing technology in naval hardware, he said.

"Compared with the US, we have better technologies in key parts, such as motor-control devices and power distribution software. We are leaders in the research and development of integrated electric power systems," he said.
Yin said that China now possesses proven technologies for both steam catapults and electromagnetic launch systems. He said the Navy's second domestically designed carrier will use a catapult system to assist takeoffs rather than the ski-jump mode.


Navy admits to being involved in obscene skydrawings spotted in Okanogan Co.
Officials with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said one of their aircraft was involved in the obscene skywritings spotted in Okanogan County.

Photos sent to KREM 2 by multiple sources show skydrawings of what some people are saying is male genitalia. Some sources have even tweeted pictures of what they saw.
A mother who lives in Okanogan who took pictures of the drawings reached out to KREM 2 to complain about the images, saying she was upset she might have to explain to her young children what the drawings were.

In a statement to KREM 2 News navy officials said, "The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable."

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: Yesterday at 07:35:29 AM »
Just the kind that comes out of the replicator.

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:00:44 PM »

The replies under this one are really salty

one of the rent-a-hosts, either Knapp or Punnett
That's a bit harsh, considering they're the only good thing associated with C2C for years now.  ;)

That said, it looks like Paglen has been on with Knapp a few times:

I think I've discussed the art of "patchology" on BG previously, unit/program patches usually tell a great deal about their mission if you know what you are looking for/at.  Some of them are quite ingenious, although the message is often not so obvious from the outside looking in.

I'm guessing you've read Trevor Paglen's book on the subject?

Tupolev says it keep getting requests to convert supersonic bombers into private business jets
Big business tycoons in different countries (an Arab sheikh, a millionaire in Australia and a wealthy Greek among them) keep asking us to make a personal supersonic plane on the basis of the missile-carrying Tupolev-160 or long-range bomber Tupolev-2M3. We get such messages regularly, some of them through the Rosoboronexport agency,” Solozobov was quoted as saying.
However, such requests have been turned down as the bombers contain classified technology. Its not ideal for private jets to have variable swept wings as well, Solozobov added.


Excuse this ramble-y story, but it's still bothering me over a day later:

Yesterday, before the first of my long haul flights, I went to the airline's lounge where on entering I noticed a man loudly talking about what might've passed for shameless bragging/hot air over their business acumen. After sitting down across the other side of the lounge I noticed it wasn't directed at anyone and there was no one within a few meters of him, but his volume was getting louder. The topics he was ranting about quickly took a nose dive into the conspiracy theory territory (starting off with more vanilla fare like "you have to be friends with Bill Gates to be a billionaire" through to stuff like "I am god and they are out to get me *giggles to self*") and he got up and paced around the lounge, with volume and speed of speech increasing.
After a good 5min of this I ended up going to speak to the staff at the desk, where I was told that other passengers and their own staff had already informed them of it and that someone was coming down to deal with it.
So another 5min pass and someone from the airline came and spoke to him and he sat down and shut up... for 10min following which he started up worse than ever. The staff member who I'd spoken to came over to me and asked if he had calmed down at all and then said that she had asked him when he went for a walk "how are you doing today?", to which his apparent response had been a paranoid "do you ask all your passengers that?".

So I went off to freshen up before the flight and when I returned the ranting guy had disappeared. Fast forward to my flight when just after the seatbelt sign went off, to my complete shock, the guy was on the plane and rifling through the magazine selection. Now the flight was uneventful and he didn't seem to act out during it, but I guarantee you that any airline crewmember wouldn't have let that man on a plane having known how he'd been acting just 20min before. Not only was he a danger to the crew/pax/aircraft, but potentially could've cost the airline a very large sum of money and service disruptions if he had started acting up in the air.

I'm thinking that maybe (judged on his attire and accent) he was well connected somehow in the country of the airline/the destination, and that they let him on because of this.  ::)

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:33:50 PM »
looks like things have calmed a bit?

Nope  :D

Soldiers are reported to have taken over the headquarters of Zimbabwe's national broadcaster, ZBC, amid a growing political crisis.
Explosions have also been reported in the capital, Harare, but the cause is unclear.
Earlier, the country's ambassador in South Africa denied talk of a coup.


"For 28-year-old Andie, who chooses not to identify as a specific gender (and uses the pronoun they),"


Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:39:58 PM »
It's taken long enough.

Zimbabwe tension: Ruling party accuses army chief of treason as tanks, troops close on Harare
Zimbabwe's ruling party has accused the head of the armed forces of treason as tanks and troops took up positions around the capital Harare in an escalation of a dispute with 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe over political succession.

    -Tanks and troops are seen taking positions around capital Harare
    -The ruling party says that it will never succumb to army threats
    -Army chief threatened to intervene in politics earlier this week

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:55:53 AM »
Maybe if you watched one it would stimulate some. I don't care if people agree or disagree with it.  ;)

Are these sufficient?

Random Topics / Re: Crappy fast food guilty pleasure.
« on: November 11, 2017, 04:44:41 AM »
But a sub is? So, I guess your only prejudice is to which way the sandwich is held?  ???
Yes, a sub absolutely is if it's sandwiched between two separate pieces of bread.

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: November 11, 2017, 04:37:30 AM »
This is M.D.s brain on Info Wars

Does reposting their videos really count as a 'political thought'?  ;)

Random Topics / Re: Crappy fast food guilty pleasure.
« on: November 10, 2017, 06:31:36 PM »
Who knew there were so many? Actually, I'm calling bullshit on some of these "sandwiches."  ;)
Reminds me of the question of whether a hot dog is a sandwich:

It's not.

Random Topics / Re: Crappy fast food guilty pleasure.
« on: November 09, 2017, 04:29:40 PM »
Dim sims (preferably fried) which are sort of like westernised asian dumplings. My expat relatives lament not being able to get them anywhere outside of the country, and they'd certainly be a candidate for my 'last meal' choice.

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: November 09, 2017, 04:24:12 AM »
High quality journalism  ;)

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:53:38 PM »

Politics / Re: Your Voting Experiences - Good or Bad
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:33:20 AM »
I dislike voting, but it's compulsory here. Some experiences:

-Voting took so long during one election that where I'd parked changed to a clearway, and I got a parking ticket which was worth double the fine for not voting.

-Voting places will normally have only one entrance, and workers/volunteers for the political parties will crowd around the entrance and force (as in actually try to place in your hand and force you to take) their 'how to vote cards' and other garbage. Have had a sitting federal politician actually block my way trying to talk to me/shake my hand.

-Past few elections the senate ballot papers have been extremely long (one was over 3ft), and don't really fit in your voting booth. Elections are instant runoff style, so you have to number the candidates/parties by your preference.

Politics / Re: Hillary Clinton
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:18:01 AM »

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: November 07, 2017, 03:23:55 AM »

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:34:55 PM »

Politics / Re: Saudi Goings-On!
« on: November 05, 2017, 04:34:58 AM »

Saudi Arabia's missing princes (Aug 2017)

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: November 02, 2017, 09:00:38 AM »

Technology / Re: FUNCTION RANDOM - All Things Technological On Your Mind
« on: November 01, 2017, 03:43:48 PM »
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